A story will help,” said Umpa. “Stories make everything grow.”

A child’s Umpa teaches them to read and to follow the words, out the garden gate and all the way to the sea. Every day is a new adventure. They visit castles in the air, feast with friends and sail away on the rains. But then one day, Umpa isn’t there…

A granny is a wonderful person to have in your life. Just follow these simples rules, you’ll both be very happy…

 

DON’T hide an elephant in granny’s bed, give her squashed jelly beans for breakfast or wear her pants on your head. And never send her to the moon in a rocket!

 

 

Congratulations! You now have a baby in your family. Follow our top tips and you’ll all be very happy! Don’t lend your baby to a kangaroo, plant your baby in the garden, or take to school with you – and definitely, don’t send your baby to play with an elephant! DO cuddle your baby, read to your baby, sing to your baby and give your baby lots and lots of love.

Gracie had a star. Every night it shone for her outside her bedroom window.

You re my special star, she whispered.

But every morning, as dawn breaks, Gracie s star fades from the sky.  So one sparkling night Gracie climbs the tallest tree and gently takes her star out of the sky. Now she will have it with her all the time.

Then, what a disappointment!  In Gracie s hands, her star lies dull, cold and grey. She fills her room with sparkly things, puts the star in a rockpool, and takes it to the place where the fireflies flitter. But nothing can make her star shine. At last Gracie knows what she has to do… and that night she gets a wonderful surprise.

Luna loves library day: that’s the day she spends with her dad. Exploring the shelves they find magic, mystery and even start to mend their own history. An inspiring story from one of the UK’s greatest up-and-coming poets for children, captured in all its flights of fancy by newcomer Fiona Lumbers.

A moving, lyrical picture book about a young girl’s love for her granddad and how she copes when he dies, written by poet and playwright Joseph Coelho.

 

This beautifully illustrated, powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly children who have lost a grandparent.

Lyrical description of Muslim wedding ceremonies across the world, including Pakistan, Morocco, Somalia and UK. This colourful and exotic picture book shows the different ways Muslims in different countries celebrate the sacred ceremony, while also describing the vows and promises common to all Muslim marriages.

Although the Secret Giant is rarely seen, grandad is convinced he exists. It was the Giant who stood watch when they were camping, fixed the town clock and protected their tiny boat in the storm. Billy isn’t so sure; how could someone so enormous never be seen?

But now Billy can’t reach the top of the town mural he’s painting: could the Giant help? As soon as Billy meets the Giant, Billy runs away: he’s HUMONGOUS! But then Billy wonders if the Giant is tired of scaring people because he’s different – maybe he’s lonely, and just wants a friend.

There’s a mysterious luminosity in this book’s delicately detailed illustrations (complete with hidden giant), alongside characters drawn with humour and compassion. It’s a magical story about accepting people who are different.

One day in the forest, a young bear stumbles upon something he has never seen before. As time passes, he teaches himself how to play the strange instrument – and, eventually, the beautiful sounds are heard by a father and son who are picnicking in the woods.

The bear’s piano playing makes him a huge star, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind. Could it be that money and celebrity are not everything?